Weddings in Italy: traditions and superstitions

proposal in florence italy

Getting married in Italy is enriched by great traditions (and some superstitions), many of which are still kept alive to this day. In the past, marriages would often be arranged by the families of the potential couple or even through the use of an official matchmaker, with engagements being based more on agreements than romance. Today […]

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Obama to meet Pope Francis in Rome, Italy

Obama is set to meet Pope Francis in Rome, Italy tomorrow, 27th March. In Italy, Obama will also be meeting Italy’s President Giorgio Napolitano, having already met Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at the recent Nuclear Security Summit in The Netherlands. But all work and no play can make even Obama a dull boy. So […]

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The Art of Shopping in Florence – Artisan Crafts

Florence has a rich history in artisan crafts. Besides offering great things to buy in Florence, stepping into the stores where artisans still ply their ancient trades is like stepping back in time – way back in time. Considering that the first craft guilds were established in the 12th century, these traditions would have been […]

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Inspired by…Michelangelo’s David

American gun maker ArmaLite has received a lot of unexpected publicity in reaction to their ad featuring Florence’s beloved Michelanglo’s David holding a rifle. The ad has caused a great stir, and not just concerning infringements on copyright protecting the famous statue. Angelo Tartuferi, director of the Accademia Gallery where David is housed, is quoted […]

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HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY from Italy

Mimosa - International Women's Day 2014

International Women’s Day started as a protest against women’s inequality. And whilst it is certainly not yet time to stop fighting the good fight, we can still take the opportunity to celebrate the achievements that have been made so far. 8th March is also a day to celebrate and appreciate the wonderful women we have […]

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HIP TO BE (A SATOR) SQUARE – in Pompeii, Italy

Sator Square

What is a Sator Square? It is an ancient four-time palindrome* in Latin that can be read in every direction – that is, from  left-to-right, right-to-left, top-to-bottom and just to mix things a bit, even from bottom-to-top. The oldest Sator Square was found in Pompeii, Italy. Given that Pompeii was an ancient Roman city wiped out […]

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